The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) assessed their cohort members (CMs) during the study’s age 8.5 sweep (Focus@8) using a Short Term Memory (Non-word Repetition) measure.
Details on this measure and the data collected from the CMs, are outlined in the table below.
|CHC:||Gsm (Short term memory)|
|Ga (Auditory processing)|
|Administration method:||Trained interviewer; clinical setting; oral answers|
|Procedure:||The child was presented with 12 nonsense words, four each containing 3, 4 and 5 syllables. The words were played on a cassette recorder, and the child was asked to repeat each word after it was played.|
|Link to questionnaire:||http://www.bristol.ac.uk/alspac/researchers/our-data/clinical-measures/ (opens in new tab)|
|Scoring:||The number of correctly repeated items was scored for each child (0 - 12).|
|Item-level variable(s):||f8sl080 - f8sl105|
|Total score/derived variable(s):||f8sl105|
|N = 7,361|
|Range = 0 - 12|
|Mean = 7.23|
|SD = 2.51|
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|Age of participants:||Mean = 103.82 months, SD = 3.92, Range = 89 - 127|
|Other sweep and/or cohort:||ALSPAC – Age 5 – Short-Term Memory (Non-word Repetition)|
|Source:||Gathercole, S. E., & Baddeley, A. D. (1996). The children's test of nonword repetition. Pearson.|
|Reference examples:||Gathercole, S. E., Briscoe, J., Thorn, A., Tiffany, C., & ALSPAC Study Team. (2008). Deficits in verbal long-term memory and learning in children with poor phonological short-term memory skills. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61(3), 474-490.|
|Kormos, J., & Sáfár, A. (2008). Phonological short-term memory, working memory and foreign language performance in intensive language learning. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 11(2), 261-271.|
- Overview of all cognitive measures in ALSPAC
- Overview of childhood cognitive measures across all studies
This page is part of CLOSER’s ‘A guide to the cognitive measures in five British birth cohort studies’.